Gauteng ANC calls for swift formation of councils in areas it won

The ANC in Gauteng says it will form coalition governments with political parties based on shared principles.

FILE: Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile passionately addresses thousands of supporters as the party launched its Gauteng Manifesto at the FNB stadium on 4 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) has called for the swift formation of councils in areas where it won an outright majority to ensure a continuation of service delivery.

This comes as the ruling party in the province awaits the outcomes of coalition talks between parties regarding four of the province's biggest metros, where it failed to win an over 50 percent vote.

The ANC in Gauteng's Nkenke Kekana says they will form coalition governments with other political parties based on shared principles.

"There's progress in the way that we're talking to political parties but obviously negotiations by their very nature are sensitive and we need to take it a day at a time."

While he has refused to say which parties they are in talks with, Kekana says the election outcomes calls for a need to look inward and examine all the issues raised by voters.

Political parties are locked in fierce negotiations as the deadline for agreements on coalition governments draws closer for control of Tshwane, Mogale City, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni.